1. Divorced: Catholics who are divorced, but NOT remarried or engaged, may prepare for Confirmation provided they acknowledge if this status changes, they MUST complete a petition for nullity on the failed marriage(s) BEFORE they marry in the Church. Failure to do so places them outside the state of grace, and unable to receive the sacraments.
2. Re-married: Catholics who divorce and re-marry without obtaining a formal decree of nullity on the prior failed marriage(s) (either their own, or their spouses) may not receive any of the Church’s sacraments unless they complete the required petition and the Church grants the annulment. There is no guarantee that an affirmative decision will be reached with any petition for annulment.
3. Married: Catholics seeking the sacrament of Confirmation must be married by the Church, either by a deacon or priest BEFORE receiving the sacrament of Confirmation (or Holy Communion, and Reconcilation). If a Catholic is currently married civilly, common-law, or by another Christian minister, they must marry in the Catholic Church prior to being confirmed.
If you have any questions, please contact the parish office and schedule an interview. Not all annulments require the same process; we will help you determine what process is necessary, and help you through it. The above information is to provide basic information on common scenarios/questions. We are here to help.
II. Required Documents:
Each person must submit a NEWLY dated Certificate of Baptism with notations from the church of their baptism, dated no more than 6 months from the time preparation begins. Do not submit the original certificate issued at the time of baptism. There are no exceptions, regardless of where one was baptized in the world. The Catholic must contact the parish (or diocese) where their baptism took place and request a new certificate. Certificates may be mailed, faxed, or scanned as an attachment.
Example: Baptism certificates dated before November 30, 2013 for the 2014 preparation session are too old for us to accept. Potential candidates should aim to order their new certificate between Dec - March.
Each person must have a sponsor, and it must only be one (1) person. Sponsors are encouraged to attend all the preparation sessions in a supportive role*. Sponsors must meet the following requirements at the minimum, but should be fully active in their own parishes, and must be able to validly receive Holy Communion each Sunday.
Must be at least 16 years old;
Must be fully initiated in the Catholic Church (Baptized, Confirmed, Holy Communion)
Must not be parent/guardian of the adult
If married, marriage must be formally recognized by the Catholic Church.
Is not the spouse or fiancé of the intended participant
Participants should choose their sponsor very carefully. Sponsors will be expected to validly receive Holy Communion during the Rite of Confirmation with their candidates. If a person is unable to receive Holy Communion due to marital status, they are ineligible to serve as sponsor.
If there is any question about who can sponsor or if a candidate cannot provide one, notify the Director of Adult Education immediately.
* Sponsors are present to serve in a supportive role. This means the sponsor is not the intended audience for discussions and questions and therefore expected to refrain from incessant talking, questions, and over-sharing. Candidates are the focus and will be encouraged to participate in all discussions, large or small group.
IV. Attendance & Participation:
Attendance & participation at all sessions is mandatory. Candidates may not miss more than 2 sessions with prior notice in the first half, and must be present throughout the entire last half. Absences include leaving early.
One is also making the moral commitment to attend and participate in Sunday Mass every single weekend (Saturday vigil or Sunday) unless truly restricted by illness/emergency and to live according to the Church's whole body of teachings.
Please note: Not all candidates complete the preparation, or can be immediately invited to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation at the next celebration; this is dependent upon each person's readiness and eligibility.
Those individuals who must delay their reception of the sacrament, upon satisfaction of the preparation and/or other issues successfully resolved, will be notified of the next available celebration of Confirmation. Partic ??